Mar 5, 2014
Title: Fire & Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
So this story had great potential, and I really enjoyed Fire & Flood. Tella was a smart girl, and she was funny. She definitely had charisma, and I liked that she cared so much about all of her friends. I don’t think she was a person that I would normally associate with a survival tale, but that’s part of what made her so interesting.
There have been alot of comparisons with this to The Hunger Games, but aside from a survival contest with only one winner, I felt that the characters were not similar at all. Tella loves being pampered, and she’s not afraid to admit that she wishes she could look pretty while doing all this walking. I enjoyed that, because while I wouldn’t say I’m vain, I could understand if I was faced with a walking goddess like Harper. It did make me chuckle that at first Tella didn’t like Harper because she was so pretty. They did become good friends so this didn’t bother me too much, it was just that initial “ughhh why can’t I look that good!”
This book took us from the jungle to the desert, and I enjoyed the dichotomy of the two landscapes. It did bother me that Tella didn’t question alot, especially as a relationship began to develop between her and another Contender Guy. Guy was pretty awesome, and you could tell that caring about Tella was not in his plan. I liked that he still helped her though despite that.
The things that didn’t work for me were the world building and character development. There wasn’t much information that was given about the timeline of this world Tella lives in, and not alot of description about exactly where they were. Also none of the characters really seem to grow or change. I love it when characters change and learn with their experiences.
This book was a pretty good start, and I will definitely be picking up the next book. I would give this book 3.5 stars because it was a great read, but just a few things could turn this into an exceptional read.
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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